Stabell believes that one of the most significant changes CEMPE has brought about is allowing students to have a more substantial influence on their education and to drive their projects. In 2018, the center hired its first two student partners.
"The student perspective has been integrated in a new way. We hire student partners in paid positions, which makes them feel a sense of responsibility, and they have been involved in the entire decision-making process, including strategy, project selection, execution, and evaluation," she says.
This collaboration has resulted in projects such as the Core Portfolio project, the improvisation and re-composition project "DA er NÅ," and the STUDENT Talks discussion forum.
During CC&C, several student projects will be presented, including the Music Student Conference and the newly launched Norwegian Music Student Network. The music and composer collective "Det annet kjønn" will show its initiative to create a more inclusive jam scene highlighting female and non-binary instrumentalists. Additionally, the Friday evening concert primarily features student projects with support from CEMPE.
"Students are, of course, also included in the panel after Helena Gaunt's keynote," says Stabell.